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From:    ASB@MIT-MC
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 81 17:04:20 GMT
Original-Date: 11/21/81 13:04:20 EDT
From:        LEWISR@MIT-MC
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 81 02:38:29 GMT
Original-Date: 11/20/81 22:38:29 EDT
       Another question, if I may.  While something was running (a file was 
       being loaded), a message   ;GLEEP! OUT OF BIT BLOCKS  came.  However,
       the loading concluded and the program proceeded with execution.
       What did the message mean, and should I distrust the results of the 
   I am not really the one to ask about this.  The message is printed by Lisp,
   and I think it means something like "I am choking so badly that this is just
   about all I can tell you about it."  I have always found that things 
   continue quite normally after the message appears, but it is a bit 
   unnerving.  Perhaps JPG can enlighten us both.

I don't really know what it means either.  I've tried to get the LISP system 
hackers to say something on the subject with no success.  E.g. I've never 
gotten an answer to the mail I sent below:
      JPG@MIT-MC 22 AUG 1978 0350-EDT
      To: (BUG LISP) at MIT-MC
      It would be nice if something were done about the cute 
      "gleep! out of bit blocks" message.  This message is unintelligible 
      to us all wrt the state it is trying to convey and its seriousness. 
      E.g., can a MACSYMA be reasonably continued after the user receives 
      this message?  Can it happen when (STATUS MEMFREE) is not 0?
      And exactly what does it mean as far as the functioning of the GC 
      or whatever?